IMPORTANT KOREAN 10-PANEL FOLDING LONGEVITY SCREEN. Yi Dynasty, probably 18th/19th century, Korean. Ink and mineral pigments on textile (possibly silk or fine linen). Scene of the gardens of longevity. Finely painted with various animals including 8 cranes, 4 mythical tortoises and a herd of 10 deer, all numbers associated with the cardinal directions and auspicious numerology. Background in a blue and green style Sung period inspired landscape of mountains, rivers and waterfalls. Ground strewn with lengzhi, longevity fungus and fragment grass. Centerpiece with a pair of grand pine trees with coral trunks and jade green leaves. Sky of yellow clouds with a brilliant red sun. Inscription on the reverse reading “Ten Panels for Long Life”. SIZE: Overall: 82″ h x 165″ w. Painted area overall: 69″ h x 162″ w. PROVENANCE: Descended in the family of Felix E. Spurney of Kensington, Maryland; He received it as a gift from Mr. Thompson, who was in the Diplomatic Corp in Korea. CONDITION: Scenic painted panels retain strong, vibrant colors. The surfaces with minor abrasion. With overall irregular light toning. The ninth and tenth panels with small crescent tears. Ninth and tenth panels detached from each other. The lower unpainted section of each panel with damages and weaknesses overall. Paper backing on all panels with general deterioration and tearing. Frame of each panel remains intact. 7-73269 (3,000-5,000)
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